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Caste: The Emergence of the South Asian Social System
By- Morton Klass
How and why did the caste system emerge in South
Asia? Why do contemporary anthropologists and Indologists experience so much
difficulty with this problem?
Morton Klass addresses both these questions in this
book, and the result is an intellectual adventure story, an essay in
ethnohistorical deduction and reconstruction.
Klass begins by examining the assumptions underlying
the older explanations of the origin of caste, tracing their roots in dubious
history, ethnocentrism, and outmoded theory. Then, using contemporary
anthropological writings on ecology, economy, social structure, and cultural
evolution, he develops a scenario in which caste emerges as a transformation of
an earlier clan structure that until now has been considered an evolutionary
His radically new explanation is the result of a
pioneering effort in theoretical synthesis. By employing the tools of what he
calls ‘eclectic anthropology’—an approach frequently attacked by proponents of
more rigid and exclusionary strategies—he brings together elements from the
seemingly unconnectable approaches of such major theorists as Claude
Levi-Strauss. Marvin Harris, and Karl Polanyi. Caste offers a challenge to scholars
to free themselves of their theoretical fetters, to open themselves to ideas
from all corners of their discipline.
is Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College, Columbia University. He has
conducted fieldwork in India and among people of South Asian descent in the
Bullion for Goods: European and Indian Merchants in the Indian Ocean Trade, 1500-1800
By- Om Prakash
The spectacular rise in world trade following the
great discoveries of the closing years of the fifteenth century had important
implications for each of the major segments of the newly emerging early modern
international economy. As far as Asia was concerned, the commercial operations
of the European corporate enterprises as well as private traders in the Indian
Ocean region between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries had
far-reaching consequences for the economies and the polities of the countries
of the region. Asian merchants engaged in the Indian Ocean trade interacted
with the European intruders into the Ocean in a variety of ways.
The twenty-one essays included in this volume are
firmly embedded in original archival sources. They deal mainly with issues
arising out of the Europeans’ commercial presence in the Indian Ocean region
and the interaction they had with their Asian counterparts. The volume
discusses how over a span of three centuries, the Indian economy was integrated
into the world economy as a result of these interactions. The macroeconomic
implications of the European encounter for the Indian economy are analysed in
detail. Another important area explored at some length is the monetary history
of the subcontinent in the early modern period.
This collection of essays will be of interest of the
historians of India and of the Indian Ocean. It will also have a great deal of
appeal for the historians of early modern Asia as well as Europe. Those
interested in what is being increasingly described as world history will also
find the volume useful.
is Professor of Economic History at the Delhi School of Economics, University